Plea for Comment Thread Civility | Megan McArdle

February 7, 2010

My Quarterly Plea for Comment Thread Civility – Megan McArdle

This should be mandatory reading for anyone posting anything on the internet… seriously.

Take a step back, folks, and consider the possibility that you (gasp!) may be the one wrong.


Both Sides Now – Megan McArdle

January 19, 2010

Both Sides Now – Megan McArdle

I’m in love w/Megan McArdle… she has a way of putting complex ideas into words I understand.

In this article she’s pretty much addressing all those people who see their political opponents as evil empires bankrupt of any moral values whatsoever. And her simple response to them is, “Grow up.”

In a situation like that, it is natural to despair that those who oppose you have made a tragic error. But if you want to rage, rage against the universe that provides us too little information, and too limited brains, to make perfect choices every time.  If Coakley wins (or Brown does and the Democrats manage, against my expectation, to pass something anyway), I won’t be happy about it.  But I don’t need to go inventing evils where none exist, for the sheer joy of venting my unhappiness on a person.  Life is too short for me to spend any time manufacturing hatred for strangers.

Megan McArdle on the Healthcare Bill

December 20, 2009

Megan McArdle

No bill this large has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote, or even anything close to a straight party-line vote. No bill this unpopular has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote. We’re in a new political world. I’m not sure I understand it.

That doesn’t make me feel good about the future…

UPDATE: The Senate vote took place at 1 o’clock in the morning… speculation is that Harry Reid needed this ASAP in order to get it to the House before Christmas. My take is this piece of crap wouldn’t stand the light of normal working hours.

People will look back on this and wonder at why there wasn’t greater outrage. Reminds me of another late night meeting involving leadership…